Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah: "The police will act tough against those involved in abusing or intimidating the music enthusiasts". File photo: Nissar Ahmad Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Tuesday the police would act tough on the "handful of morons" abusing and harassing the girl members of the Valley’s musical bands, even as the FIR was filed under IT Act against six suspects Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Tuesday the police would act tough on the “handful of morons” abusing and harassing girl members of the Valley’s musical bands, even as the first criminal case was registered under the Information Technology Act and six of the suspects were identified.
“We’ll leave no stone unturned to ensure that every one of them is identified and punished under law. I have directed my police to get tough and track whoever is involved in abusing or intimidating these music enthusiasts,” Mr. Abdullah told The Hindu. “Rest assured that the police will hold the investigation with the full amount of seriousness and take the investigation to its logical conclusion.”
Mr. Abdullah said the decision on performing or not performing would be taken only by the young artists and their families, and the State government would create an atmosphere in which they would have more than one option. “The law will take its course, and I mean it,” he asserted.
Minutes after the Chief Minister’s conversation with this correspondent, the police in Srinagar confirmed that “FIR No: 05 of 2013 dated February 4, 2013” had been registered against anonymous persons at the Rajbagh Police Station under Sections 66-A of the IT Act and 506 of the Ranbir Penal Code.
Deputy Inspector General, Central Kashmir, Syed Ahfadul Mujtaba told The Hindu that the guilty would be liable to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment. He said a team of the Cyber-Crime Cell [CCC] of the district police was assiduously holding the investigation.
Well-placed sources disclosed that at least six of the suspects were identified and the cellphones and datacards of nearly 20 suspects put under surveillance. They said the CCC team, in coordination with the BSNL and some private Internet service providers, was scanning call detail records, uploading and downloading activity on social media networks, messages and pictures posted or tagged on different Facebook walls.
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Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia tried to outdo Akbaruddin Owaisi within a fortnight of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA being sent to jail on charges of delivering a hate speech at Nirmal town in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh.
At a public meeting at Bhokar town in Nanded district of Maharashtra, just 80 km from Nirmal, on January 22 — details of which are now emerging after a video-recording was posted online — Dr. Togadia attacked Owaisi in particular and Muslims in general.
The VHP leader was lustily cheered by the gathering as he continued with his inflammatory speech, just as Owaisi’s speech was received with cheers by an enthusiastic audience on December 22, 2012.
A police complaint was filed against Dr. Togadia in Hyderabad on Tuesday after clippings of his speech went viral on social networking sites.
The clippings showed Dr. Togadia thundering about what happened in Nelli (Assam), Bhagalpur (Bihar) and in Gujarat, where the police stood aside as Muslims were massacred. “Ours is not a religion of cowards,” Dr. Togadia said, “but of Goddess Bhavani, who always has weapons in her hands.”
This was evidently a response to Owaisi’s challenge at Nirmal to withdraw police forces for 15 minutes.
Besides the nature of the speeches by Owaisi and Dr. Togadia, there are other similarities too. Complainants in both cases approached the police and the courts on the basis of video clippings on the YouTube.
Also, the police at both Nirmal and Bhokar towns remained unaware of the explosive content of the speeches despite monitoring the events. In Owaisi’s case, a suo motu case was booked by Nirmal police on January 2 — 11 days after his speech.
Nanded district police said they did not find anything amiss with the Bhokar public meeting.
When contacted on the phone, Bhokar Inspector of Police Sandeep Triyambak Munde said police had issued permission for the meeting held at the Zilla Parishad ground.
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